Winter Soldier

Overview

A harrowing document of Vietnam veterans sharing the details of wartime atrocities while the memories were still clear in their minds, Winter Soldier is a difficult but deeply moving film that should be seen by anyone still trying to understand the war in Vietnam, and this DVD release of the film (from Milliarium Zero and New Yorker Video) will allow many people to see this film for the first time, given its spotty distribution over the years. Winter Soldier was shot on black and white 16mm stock, and the image ...
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Overview

A harrowing document of Vietnam veterans sharing the details of wartime atrocities while the memories were still clear in their minds, Winter Soldier is a difficult but deeply moving film that should be seen by anyone still trying to understand the war in Vietnam, and this DVD release of the film (from Milliarium Zero and New Yorker Video) will allow many people to see this film for the first time, given its spotty distribution over the years. Winter Soldier was shot on black and white 16mm stock, and the image quality of this disc (brought to video in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1) is occasionally ragged, as the source materials have become pock-marked with scratches and marks. However, the transfer itself looks fine, and the flaws in the picture don't lessen the film's impact. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and thankfully fares better than the image, with the voices clear and audible throughout. The film has been closed captioned in English, with optional subtitles in German and French. In addition to the feature, this release includes two short films drawn from the footage of the Winter Soldier Investigation, which were shown at anti-war meetings, as well as a large gallery of still photos from the WS meetings, and various Vietnam Veterans Against The War actions. Also featured on this disc is a round table discussion with the filmmakers behind the Winter Soldier project, and Seasoned Veteran: The Journey of a Winter Soldier, a profile of Scott Camil, a Vietnam veteran and political activist who was featured prominently in the feature. It's hardly lighthearted fate, but Winter Soldier tells a story that still demands to be heard, and this DVD edition presents this film -- and the men it chronicles -- with the dignity and respect they deserve.
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Special Features

A conversation with the filmmakers; Seasoned veteran: the journey of a winer soldier; American Division (1971 short); First Marine Division (1971 Short); Theatrical trailer; "The Winter Soldier Files" downloadable on dvd-rom (Adobe Acrobat Reader required); Stills gallery from the original negatives of v vaw photographer Sheldon Ramsdell; Closed captions in English; French and German subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2006
  • UPC: 784148010045
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Milestone Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,638

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Winter Soldier
1. Potential Witnesses [7:49]
2. Testimony Begins [7:20]
3. S.O.P. [4:45]
4. In the Corps [7:10]
5. Interrogation Procedures [11:35]
6. Shamming [12:11]
7. Developing a Shell [10:51]
8. Body Counts [9:33]
9. Destroying Villages [9:03]
10. Drawing Parallels [7:00]
11. "I Have to Tell" [4:46]
12. End Credits [3:18]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Winter Soldier
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      A Conversation With the Filmmakers
      Seasoned Veteran
      Short Film: Americal Division
      Short Film: First Marine Division
      Oh, Camil (The Winter Soldier) by Graham Nash
      Winter Soldier Trailer
      Stills Gallery
         View All Photos
         Operation Raw
         VVAW Benefit Concert
         Winter Soldier Part 1
         Winter Soldier Part 2
         Winter Soldier Part 3
         Winter Soldier Part 4
         The Protests Outside
         Winter Soldiers in Canada
         Winter Soldiers Publicity Stills
         Dewey Canyon III
         New York Premiere, August 2005
      DVD ROM
   Subtitles
      German Subtitles: On/Off
      French Subtitles: On/Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dangerous to the Establishment

    Nobody will ever forget Vietnam or should. It taught the American public that as Kennedy warned "we are not omniscient or omnipresent. 6 percent of the world's population cannot its will on the other percent." Yet, as few people, Kennedy supporters especially acknowledge, he was the first to send advisors and soldiers to that country forever give his imprimateur to a "bad war." It also harmed us in personal, sociological, racial, and even spiritual ways that will never be totally erased like the Civil War. This was disturbing on so many fronts that it can't be counted. Regular people turning into remorseless killers. But war is ugly and that's all it is. To quote Wifred Owen,"The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro partia mori."

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